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cityofthefallenfinalFive years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns. 

And she’s tired of it. 

So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world. 

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side — before the darkness devours them all.

Author Pic - Diana BoccoDiana Bocco is a full-time writer and author. She’s been a fan of all kinds of dark creatures since she was a kid. If it crawls in the night and tugs at your covers while you’re sleeping, chances are she’s written about it. It’s probably no surprise that she’s a big fan of old buildings, urban exploring and things that go bump in the night.

In her other life, Diana also writes nonfiction: articles, books, and even quizzes for markets such as the Discovery Channel, Yahoo! and Marie Claire magazine.

Visit www.dianaboccobooks.com for more info on Diana’s work. Or join Diana’s mailing list and be the first one to know about new releases, signings, and giveaways:  http://eepurl.com/ugbm5

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1855157.Diana_Bocco

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Review: DARK UNION (Descent series, #3) by S M Reine

Posted June 28, 2013 By kellysmithreviews

du-v2-webAuthor: S M Reine
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Pages: 115
ISBN #: 1230000111024
FTC Disclaimer: Book was purchased by the reviewer, with no publisher or author involvement.

Readers might remember, in SM Reine’s first novel in The Descent series, kopis (demon-hunter) Elise Kavanagh received a call from another kopis named McIntyre, who informed her of a meeting she wished to attend. Nothing was spoken of it in the rest of Death’s Hand nor at all during The Darkest Gate, but Dark Union, the third book in this chilling series about a demon-hunter who has the power to kill all immortal beings (including God), brings the reader right in the middle of the meeting of the human kopes, and both the ethereal and infernal hierarchy.

But this time, something’s different. There is now a “Union” who are trying to gather up kopes and make them all one large organization instead of one kopis and aspis running their “territory”…everybody shares. That doesn’t go over well with Elise but that isn’t the biggest problem at hand, nor is the impending hostile takeover of Eloquent Blood, the demon bar located beneath a popular Reno casino her main concern once she reaches the small Nevada town where the meeting is being held.
She and her boyfriend, hunter-in-training Anthony Morales, have to pretend to be McIntyre (the kopis) and his wife, Letecia (the aspis), in order to infiltrate the Union and stop their recruitment while the other couple goes to have their baby in peace.
Elise and Anthony do this favor, but things turn sour when the Union arrests both of them, believing them to be those that they are impersonating and want to charge them with murdering a Union colleague.
Meanwhile, Elise and her aspis, James Faulkner, are trying to deal with the connection they developed during their last battle, which left them so closely connected that they can feel, see and hear each others’ thoughts…which isn’t at all pleasant, since Elise isn’t too happy with James running off to San Francisco to meet his girlfriend’s parents when she needed him with her.
And…who is Benjamin Flynn, this precognitive who seems to know all about Elise? And how can she influence this meeting between the denizens of Heaven and Hell?
Dark Union was a shorter novel in length than its predecessors, but it was jam-packed with events, information and action. It also included a bit of detective work on Elise’s part, plus delved more into her relationship with Anthony and why she feels she can’t move any faster or further with him than she already has.
It’s about testing the waters of friendship, love and strength and, again, ends on a cliffhanger that will make the reader ache for the next installment in the series!
I give this one a 4/5 only because it should’ve been longer…because I wanted to just keep reading and not let the novel end!
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Blog Tour: FORSAKEN BY THE OTHER by Jess Haines

Posted June 27, 2013 By Jennifer

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Today we get to hop on the blog tour for one of my favorite people. Jess Haines just released the fifth installment of her H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, and I’m THRILLED to share a bit about the book, and Jess, with all of you!!!

Forsaken by the OthersThe Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

Author Q&A

Moi031) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I’m an odd duck in that I tend to write with a movie or TV show playing in the background. I used to listen to music, but now I find that I can’t concentrate when I’m playing it (unless it is very, very quiet instrumental or classical music). It became a habit to write with my friends chattering around me—rude, I know—so these days I like having the sound of people talking nearby when I’m writing.

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I have a me-shaped spot on the couch in the living room. It’s a comfy place to park myself, relatively distraction-free. When my friends are over, once in a while I’ll show them a guest post as I’m writing it, but I keep my novel drafts to myself until they’re ready for the eyes of betas.

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

Most of the time I’m working during release day, which plays hell on my nerves. I like to get on Twitter and Facebook and get jazzed with my fans about the book being available, but I don’t watch the numbers. That there is crazy-making, let me tell you. I learned my lesson about that with my first book. Better to concentrate on the people who make up my fanbase than on nebulous numbers I have no control over, I figure.

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

I had a pretty sexy vampire pirate thing going for me one year. I’ve also done the intrepid vampire hunter. Those are my two favorites!

5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

Money is no object, I assume? *g* I would go to Scotland and tramp around every inch of the place, top to bottom. I would bring my laptop, Kindle and cell phone since I can’t bear to be parted from my technology and I would want to take pictures, write all about it, and have plenty of reading material on hand for cold nights on the moors.

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

Man, it’s hard to pick just one song. At any given time, I might have an entire playlist to cover what’s going on in my life. If pressed to pick just one, I think Everclear’s “Wonderful” fits pretty well. Or maybe Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumper.”

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

I think I would want to hang out with Arnold the mage. Of the Others (supernatural critters), he’s least likely to eat and/or maul me and I think we’d have the most to talk about since he’s also a gamer geek. I would probably spend the day having him show me some cheap magic tricks and end the day with a rousing game of Return to the House on Haunted Hill, Munchkin, or maybe a quick and dirty Firefly/Serenity or D&D campaign.

8) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

I think largest private collection of exotic birds and reptiles would suit me. Hehe!

No, seriously. When I get old and gray, I swear people will be calling me the crazy bird/lizard lady.

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

If I could get rid of a word, it would be antidisestablishmentarianism. Do we still need such a special word to describe “removal of a specific church’s status as official state church of England, Wales and Ireland”? It feels outmoded and of note these days only because it’s the $64,000 question and/or considered one of the longest words in the English language.

If I could add a word, it would be one someone submitted to the Washington Post back in the day:

Sarchasm (n.): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it. [Source: Tom Witte, Gaithersburg, Aug., 1998]

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

Oh, lawd. I tend to get on a roll and tell the same stories ad nauseum. I doubt there are any stories I haven’t beaten into the ground with my friends by now.

I’m honestly drawing a blank. Usually people are trying to get me to STOP telling stories again, LOL! Maybe that time my phone touched dead people parts? How about when I wandered around an abandoned zoo? No? How about the weird shrine-thing I found on a hike? Or the time I met James Marsters?

Thanks again for having me, Jennifer! Hope you guys enjoyed the interview, and get a kick out of my books!

**** Check out the other stops on the FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS Blog Tour, and be sure to enter to win blog tour prizes from Jess!!****

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Author Q&A with Ethan Stone

Posted June 26, 2013 By Jennifer

Hello, ladies and gents!! If hot guys, fantastic dialogue, and heart-pounding action (in both paranormal and contemporary varieties) are your thing, then you’ve got to check out Ethan Stone’s books!! Today we’re featuring his newest release, PAST TENSE, the cover and blurb are below. He was also kind enough to answer our author Q&A, so take a peek at that, as well.

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Jason Holt was a young man when he lost everything; his family, his boyfriend, and his safety. He’s been on the run since, hiding from an evil man bent on revenge. Las Vegas was supposed to just be another pit stop in his travels but when he learns the very man he’s hiding from is in Sin City Jason decides it’s time to stop hiding.

Private detective Quinn Reynolds lost the man he loved several years ago and since then he has been hiding from life. He can’t move on and is obsessed with making the man responsible for his lover’s death pay for the crime.

When Jason comes to Quinn for help, Quinn finds a reason to move on. The dangerous situation around them quickly escalates and together they face an unimaginable evil. Can they survive the darkness and make it through to the light on the other side?

Author Q&A

1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I’m not much of a music person, though I do occasionally listen to music. But I can’t always do total quiet either. Lately, I’ve listened to audio books while writing. I’ve never had characters who have their own soundtrack though Wolf Moon was originally inspired by the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I live with my dad right now, so I write either in my bedroom in my recliner or in the living room. I’ve never written with others, though I’d like to try it someday. I want to go to a park and sit and right but I keep finding excuses not to do it. Though in my defense, I do live in Oregon where it can be clear skies and sunny one second and raining dogs, cats and rabbits the next.

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

My release on May 23, Past Tense, I was unusually calm. On previous releases I’ve been a mess the days before and after the release, checking numbers and reviews on an hourly basis. This time I purposely did not do that because my stress level is high enough.

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

When I was around twelve years old, I was going to walk in a Halloween parade so I wanted a cool costume. My dad and brother helped me make a totally rocking robot suit out of cardboard. I loved it…until I walked in the parade. I had no peripheral vision whatsoever and could only see a few feet in front of me. I spent the entire parade worried I was going to walk into or over something.

5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

I want somewhere warm. A sunny beach with clear water and hot men in skimpy thongs. I’d bring my laptop, my kindle and a bottle of lube.

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

Thanks to an ex, Kelly Clarkson’s Because of You fits me well.

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

Without a doubt, Linc Carpenter from Bartender, PI. I’d take him to downtown Portland which is so full of fun and interesting people and get his take on everybody.

8) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

Best ability to procrastinate. I should work on that, maybe tomorrow.

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

I’d remove the slang “hella” because it just annoys the hell out of me. And I want to the word “totes” as an abbreviation of “totally.” Some people have said totes is not a word, but I believe totes is totes a word. (That was totes for you, Kade Boehme.)

10)  What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

I’m sure there are lots of embarrassing stories about me, but I have a very bad memory and I seem to have conveniently blocked out the stupid things I’ve done.

For any reader who wants to watch me do something stupid all you need to do is get a few vodka cranberry drinks into me and I’m bound to do or say something extremely moronic.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for taking a few minutes to answer some questions for us.

Welcome, welcome, welcome. If you have follow up questions let me know.

EthanStone_author_p_lr-210x315Bio: Ethan Stone has recently returned to Oregon after 12 years in Nevada and is working on re-growing his webbed feet. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them. What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions.

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Rec My Weekend #6 – House of Comarre

Posted June 22, 2013 By Jennifer

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Rec My Weekend is a new weekend feature here. A way for me to share something I’ve discovered this week, or an old favorite. And a way for YOU to help me increase my already-taller-than-me “to be read” pile. Because, really, there is NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY BOOKS!! Feel free to share your “Rec My Weekend” recs in the comments below! And if you’re a blogger who’d like to join in… there’s a linky link tool below.

Cover_Blood-Rights-MMThis week’s rec is a book series that I LOVE LOVE LOVE, and the final book will be out at the end of July. Kristen Painter’s House of Comarre series is a brilliant, unique addition to the vampire urban fantasy genre. The history and lore of the vampires, and how they interact, in the House of Comarre series is so unlike anything else I’ve read. The relationship is one similar to the “geisha” type hierarchy. Something that works well, under “normal” circumstances, but can be taken advantage of under the most extreme.

Chrysabelle’s story is one that is both heartbreaking and inspiring. She’s caught in a bad situation, and not exactly sure who she can trust. This is especially true when it comes to Malkolm, who she’d like to kick as often as she’d like to kiss. It’s a strategically smart story. One where the politics play as much a part in the danger as the hand to hand combat does. Together, with others who have their own reasons for shaking up the “status quo” (shifters, ghosts, fae… all with their own issues and loyalties), Chrysabelle is fighting for her right to live.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say this is a story that will completely capture you. You’ll get so wrapped up in it that your heart will be racing and you’ll want to be right in there fighting with them. I’ve read the first three of these books. Book 4 is out now, but I’ve heard the ending is a KILLER, so I’m waiting for book 5 (the last book in the series) to come out in a month. Then I’ll read them both, in one day, I’m sure. I’ll be finding a place in a corner somewhere, where no one will ask me any questions, and I won’t have any distractions.  You have time to catch up!! Get books 1-4 now (BLOOD RIGHTS, FLESH AND BLOOD, BAD BLOOD, OUT FOR BLOOD), and pick up LAST BLOOD on July 30th. If you’re a quick reader… Jennifer from The Book Nympho is doing a read-along for book 3, BAD BLOOD, on July 5th. The info is HERE.

Here’s a bit about the first book in the series, BLOOD RIGHTS. You can click on the covers of the remaining books to read more about each of them. **Remaining book blurbs do have spoilers!**

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré — a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

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So… who’s read these books and can’t WAIT for book 5?? Who’s adding them to your TBR shelf?? Who’s in LOVE with the gorgeous covers?? Check out other bloggers with recs this week.



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